Guided walking tours of Winchester

  • Guided Tours
  • A guided tour taking in the River Itchen
  • Guided Tours
  • A guided tour taking in the River Itchen

Most tours depart from the Tourist Information Centre

Guildhall, Winchester

SO23 9GH

An excellent way to become acquainted with the city is to join a walking tour with one of Winchester's official tourist guides who regularly lead groups around the city and wider district.

Winchester's official tourist guides have been guiding in Winchester for more than 30 years.  All guides have undergone rigorous training and are accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

The Green Badge guides are qualified to take tours in Winchester and the surrounding district whereas Blue Badge guides are qualified to guide across a wider area, e.g. Southern England, London or the West Country.

Common to all guides is a genuine enthusiasm for their City and the desire to bring it alive for both visitors and residents alike.

A guided tour with a Winchester official tourist guide is an excellent way to discover Winchester.

Upper Winchester Tour - £7.50 per person (to include discounted entry to the Great Hall

Lower Winchester & Christmas Highlights Tour - £6 per person.

Accompanied children under 16 are free on these tours. Tickets can be bought on the day from Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

Discover Upper Winchester takes you around the centre of Winchester, passing the cathedral, Great Hall and site of King Charles II's royal palace.

Discover Lower Winchester follows the River Itchen before passing Wolvesey Castle, Winchester College, Jane Austen's House and the Cathedral Close.

City highlights this tour highlights the main historic sites in Winchester city centre.

Tours do not enter the Cathedral. Accessible to wheelchair users.

For full details of tour dates and times please click here.

Please note that there will be no tours between December 16th - 31st 2018. On Bank Holidays,  morning tours start at 11.30am 


Winchester is alive with natural, historic and architectural treasures, join one of the many themed tours to find out more!

Each year, Winchester's tourist guides run a series of special interest tours in addition to their regular tours of the city. Prices for themed tours vary and can be booked at the tourist information centre.  For a full list of themed tours in 2018 please visit

Advance booking via the tourist information centre is advisable, a £1 postage fee is applicable for tickets sent out. Please email the tourist information centre on or telephone on 01962 840 500 for more information.

Themed Tour Ticket Prices:  
Adult £6.50, Child £2 (except those listed below)

Lunchtime Tours (45 mins) - £5 adult, £2 child

Halloween tours - £6.50 adult and child

Abbey House £8.50 (to include donation to the Mayor's charities)

Abbey House Christmas tour £9.50

Chesil Railway £7.50 adult, £3 child

St John's Charity £11 adult, £5 child

Winchester Treasures £9.50 adult, £2 child (includes discounted entry to College Treasury)

Water meadows & St Cross £10 adult, £4 child (includes discounted entry to St Cross)

If you are coming with a group, why not book your own private tour?

Private or group tours can be arranged for any number of people, catering for special interests and foreign languages. Ready-made themed tours range from Royal Scandals and Literary Winchester to Jane Austen's Winchester, but the guides will always try to meet your own requirements given adequate notice.

Prices start from £70 for a standard 90 minute tour.   Alternatively why not make the most of your visit by extending your tour to a half- or full-day with a tailored itinerary and built-in refreshment stops.

Please contact Winchester Tourist Information on Tel. 01962 840 500 or via email at   

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